A woman assaulted in broad daylight while jogging through a Comox park was struck in the head, shoved and choked by her attacker, according to a man believed to be related to the victim.
She was running in Condor Park at around 10:30 a.m. Thursday when police say a man attacked her from behind.
Officials said she managed to escape after fighting back, and the man fled.
“He took off from the Condor Park and went towards Robb Road, and that’s what we’re really trying to get out right now,” said RCMP Const. Rob Gardner. “If anyone saw anything yesterday, contact us.”
Police haven’t released further details about the attack, but now a post making the rounds on social media is filling in the blanks –and painting a terrifying picture.
The post said she was first struck in the back of the head, possibly with a rock.
He said the attacker then shoved her to the ground and began to choke her, but she managed to spin around to face him and started punching him in the face and head.
The man reportedly ran away with his pants down around his legs, and was covered in blood.
Police haven’t confirmed any of the details in the social media post.
They’re asking people who jog in the area to run in pairs and stay extra vigilant.
The attacker is described as 5’8” to 5’11”, has a medium build and possibly dark hair.
He was wearing blue plaid pyjama pants, a blue or grey hoody with white writing on the front.
Anyone with information is asked to call Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).